DiPasquale's arancini

  • Preparation Time40 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the meat portion of arancini

75g minced onion, celery and carrot (mix together)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
450g minced beef
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
4 tbsp tomato paste
75g sweet peas

For the rice portion

3 tbsp olive oil
450g Arborio rice
1.4L chicken broth
1 package saffron powder
75g grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper

For the assembly

Mozzarella, cut into 1cm cubes
150g plain flour
300ml warm water
Vegetable oil, for frying (deep fryer with basket)
1) Saute the onion, celery and carrot in the olive oil until translucent. Add the minced beef and season with salt and white pepper to taste. Once the beef is added, with a wooden spoon, break down any chunks; the beef should be as fine as possible. Add the tomato puree.

2) Once the minced beef and tomato paste begin to simmer, turn down the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. If the mixture begins to stick, add a touch of water. Add the peas once cooked. Allow to cool in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

3) For the rice, heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the rice and stir until evenly coated with oil. Add half the chicken stock and the saffron, stirring continually. Once the stock has been absorbed, continue to add small increments of stock, still stirring continually.

4) Once all the stock has been absorbed, add the cheese and pepper, the rice should be tender but al dente. Pour the rice onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. It should be possible to form the into a ball once cooled properly.

5) Take handful of cooled rice and flatten while forming an indent in middle of the ball. Take a teaspoon or so of cooled meat mixture and a mozzarella cube and place in the indentation of rice. Take another half a handful or so of rice and finish forming the rice ball. Continue until mixture is finished.

6) Mix the flour and warm water with a pinch of salt and pepper. Once all rice balls are formed, dip each into water and flour mixture. Once evenly coated in flour mixture, coat in plain breadcrumbs.

7) In a deep fryer, fry the rice balls on medium to high heat until golden brown.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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